Guest Review: ‘AMA ‘AMA Beachside Restaurant at Disney’s Aulani Resort

We’re so excited to have a review of Disney’s Aulani Resort’s premier restaurant just a few days after its opening! Mark Hickson is a Disney fan, a former Disney Imagineer, and a Hawai’i resident and food blogger (among many other things). We’re honored to share this article with our readers. Thanks, Mark!

'Ama 'Ama Beachside Restaurant

So the resort has been open for five days now and I thought it would be the perfect time to dine in the resort’s signature restaurant, ‘AMA ‘AMA. The restaurant is named after the tasty mullet fish ʻamaʻama that us locals enjoy.


The setting is an open air thatched roof fishing shack and a minimalist fishing factory with concrete pillars and a large fish holding tanks complete with pipeline and spigot. Of all the beautiful facilities at Aulani Resort this place’s theme is the only one that doesn’t work.

Our reservations were for 5:30pm and my wife and I were seated directly. Unfortunately since it is an open air dining area (no walls), the sun was low enough to shine in so it was very bright and hot at our table. In retrospect I would wait until sunset to be seated.


Take a look at the official ‘AMA ‘AMA menus below:

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For drinks I ordered a Pineapple Papaya Cosmo. It was fun, tropical and fresh with a light foam on top. Good enough to order a second, which I did! My wife’s coffee was [Read more…]

Jim Korkis on Walt’s Favorite Foods

Bread Pudding from Main Street Bakery

Jim Korkis has a great article over on MousePlanet about Walt Disney’s favorite foods, including some great recipes.

The Disney’s family cook prepared a dessert every night. Walt’s other favorites included Apple Brown Betty, custards, bread pudding, baked apples, red Jell-O with fruit, lemon snow pudding, and lemon chiffon with a graham cracker crust. He liked Gingerbread and another type of cookie made with chow mein noodles and melted butterscotch.

This article should be on your must read list! Read it in its entirety here.

Disney World Bread Pudding Poll

Bread pudding is a ubiquitous dessert in Disney World. You can find versions of it on nearly every buffet restaurant menu (Boma’s and Crystal Palace’s are well-loved!), a counter-service version exists at the Main Street Bakery, savory versions have been found at Le Cellier and Cinderella’s Royal Table, and you could claim that Rose and Crown’s Sticky Toffee Pudding fits the bill.

But there are some spectacularly sweet, official bread pudding options at three of Disney World’s popular table-service restaurants.

It’s these three that I’m going to stick with today, and usually I can give you my clear favorite; but when it comes to these, I think it’s time for a poll. After having eaten each one of these desserts over the past year, I can’t make up my mind as to which I like best — I honestly can’t wait to dig into each one of them again!

So I’m hoping you’ll join in and cast your vote for a favorite. Let us know in the comments why you made your choice, and if you have another bread pudding version that you would [Read more…]

WDW Foodie Fest “Snack Attack” Special Event Tickets On Sale Now

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. We hope you’ll come see us at other WDW Foodie Fest events the first week of October — check out our schedule of events here! Thank you!

The Disney Food Blog and WDW Foodie Fest are not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company.

Great news!! Tickets now on sale for the Disney Food Blog’s Snack Attack, Featuring DFB Favorites!

Join me on October 4th at 8:30pm for Snack Attack, a new WDW Foodie Fest event combining some of your favorite Disney World snacks and an incredible view of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth in Epcot!

And when I say “favorites,” I mean it! No boring, bite-sized desserts here! You’ve never seen a dessert party like this!

What’s the Snack Attack?

The Snack Attack, Featuring DFB Favorites is a dessert and fireworks party that will be held on a private terrace at the United Kingdom pavilion, and DFB has worked with Disney to provide a unique menu for our readers. Savor all of your favorite Disney snacks brought together in the same spot for one magical night! The dessert buffet will include our favorites:

Starring Rolls’ Butterfinger Cupcakes
Classic Disney Popcorn
Animal Kingdom Lodge Zebra Domes
Mickey Ice Cream Bars
Norway’s School Bread
Writer’s Stop’s Carrot Cake Cookies
Boardwalk Bakery’s Cheesecake Brownies
Starring Rolls’ Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes


While our DFB readers will certainly appreciate the one-of-a-kind menu, you’ll also be able to relax and enjoy an awe-inspiring view of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, Epcot’s outstanding fireworks spectacular! No worries about where to locate your seat around World Showcase Lagoon. We’ll be sipping and noshing in our own private space!

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

Tickets are $40 per person (kids and adults) and include:
*Entrance to the event
*Access to the specialized menu dessert buffet
*Access to the private IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth viewing area
Families are welcome! Each member of your party will need a ticket for entry, regardless of age.

Add to Cart

Only ticketed guests with their full names on our roster will be admitted to the event, so please pay attention to the instructions you receive after purchasing your tickets. Tickets are limited to 100 and will be sold first-come, first-served. Should the event be sold out, you can join our waiting list by emailing us at Support @

About WDW Foodie Fest

WDW Foodie Fest is a gathering of Disney Food fans in Walt Disney World during the opening week of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Currently there are four events scheduled during WDW Foodie Fest, and there may be more to come! You can see the WDW Foodie Fest schedule of events here! In addition to the October 4th event, we’d love to see you at the WDW Foodie Fest Main Event on October 2nd!

Special thanks to our 2011 Foodie Fest Sponsors!

MEI Mousefan Travel

Raglan Road Restaurant and Pub and Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

Please note that the event ticket price goes toward paying the costs for the event: space rental, specialty food and beverage costs, event staffing, etc.

Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares

Guest author Carrie Hayward returns to tempt us with chocolate, peanut butter and marshmallow! Carrie writes about private events in Disney parks on her blog,, and is the author of PassPorter’s Disney Weddings & Honeymoons. Thanks, Carrie!

One of my all-time favorite Disney desserts is not available on any restaurant menu or at any snack location. I discovered Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares on a special-event menu when we were planning our wedding at Epcot a few years ago. Although they were once offered for private events at both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, they’ve since disappeared from the menus.

Now the only way to get Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares at Disney is to plan an event and put in a special request for them. Even then, the quality seems to vary—the last time I had them, they were much better at Hollywood Studios than at Epcot.

Elusive Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares in the wild

So, after scouring the Internet for similar recipes and devouring way too many test batches, I think I’ve finally perfected a method for making Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares at home.

1 cup butter
1 cup peanut butter
24 ounces semisweet or milk chocolate
10.5-ounce bag mini marshmallows
12-ounce bag peanut butter chips


Combine butter, peanut butter and chocolate in a double boiler (or, if [Read more…]

New! Dessert Trays at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has unveiled new desserts. Check out these dessert trays! They are totally unique and make dessert on-the-go a delicious adventure! No word on exactly WHEN they’re sold, but we’re told you can find them at Hollywood Scoops.

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Fantasmic Sweet Treats Tray is Key-Lime Pie, Tiramisu, blueberry cheesecake, Mickey Brownie, and Raspberry Cake. This costs $13.99. With sparkling wine, it’s $19.99.

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The Evening Delight Tray is brie and cheddar cheese, fresh fruits, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. This costs $11.99. With sparking line, it’s $17.99.

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The Just Goodies Tray has pretzel sticks dipped in chocolate and candies, and strawberries and marshmallows with a chocolate dipping sauce. This costs $11.99. There’s no sparkling wine option here.

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These remind me a little bit of the Fantasmic’s Premium Viewing Dessert Trays in Disneyland! Do you think they might start a dessert event at Disney World’s Fantasmic, too?!

A special thanks to Shelley Carran at for sending us the scoop on these desserts!

Disney Food Pics of the Week: Anniversary Desserts

Thank you for submitting your pictures to the Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza! Viewing your photos is a lot of fun and definitely tides us over between trips!

The Disney Food Pics of the Week this week feature desserts served to celebrate an anniversary. In honor of the Disney Food Blog’s two year anniversary, we want to thank our readers with these creative treats!

This anniversary dessert was served at Citricos in Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort.
Photographer: Carlos and Jen

Citrico's Anniversary Dessert

Chef Mickey’s presented a happy couple with [Read more…]

Review: Pop Century Resort’s Tie Dye Cheesecake

After featuring the Tie-Dye Cheesecake recipe on Disney Food Blog back in July 2009, I figured it was high time to review it!

Found at Disney World’s Pop Century Resort, this unique dessert has been a staple since the resort’s opening in 2003. And one reason why I think it’s particularly special (besides the fact that it’s gorgeous) is that it’s one of only a few unique, resort-specific desserts found on Disney World property (Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Zebra Domes and Port Orleans French Quarter’s beignets are two others in the club).

While this cake looks crazy, it’s actually pretty simple in structure. A multi-colored [Read more…]

Disney Food Pics of the Week: Sweet Surprises

Thanks to all who have contributed their photos to the Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza! Keep sending them along! This week, the Disney Food Pics of the Week are three sweet surprises!

“This is for you, sweetie!” Sigh…I think the first cinnamon roll is the best cinnamon roll… Photographer: Michelle Brownell (sent via email)

This for you, sweetie

An incredible surprise from the Disney Florist! (I want one! Now…how to get it [Read more…]

Butter Beer Pudding From the WDW Swan and Dolphin

Just got this cool recipe in the mail from the Swan and Dolphin Resorts, just in time for the opening of Harry Potter’s Wizarding World at Universal Studios, Florida! Thought you might like…


1 Tsp. Gelatin Powder
3/4 Cup Milk
1 1/2 Cup Cream
3 Tbsp. Sugar
3 Tbsp. Molasses
3 Tbsp. Malted Milk Powder
1 Ea. Cinamon Stick
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Grated Orange Peel

Method [Read more…]